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Fish Oil Prevents Asthma


A surprising benefit of fish oil… next

Fish Oil Use During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids

Denise Grady writing for the New York Times reported that research indicated “women who took fish oil during the last three months of pregnancy significantly” reduced the likelihood “that their children would develop asthma.” The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Comment: dietary fish oil has multiple benefits and this is another one.

Chair Yoga For Osteoarthritis


I’m a fan of yoga and here’s a really interesting study

How Chair Yoga Could Become The Go-To Treatment For Arthritis Sufferers

Stephen Matthews writing for the Daily Mail reported chair yoga may help to reduce pain in older adults suffering from arthritis.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University randomly assigned 131 older adults with osteoarthritis to either chair yoga or a health education program.

Participants went to their 45-minute session twice a week for around two months.

Pain measurements were taken before, during and after, in the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

They found those in the chair yoga group showed a greater reduction in pain interference during their sessions.

This benefit lasted for around three months – four weeks after they had originally finished.
General pain, fatigue and gait also improved as a result of the chair yoga sessions.

Writing in the journal, the authors said: ‘Chair yoga should be further explored as a non-pharmacologic intervention for older people with osteoarthritis.’

Comment: Gentle with no side effects. Sounds good to me.

Lymphoma Risk Remains Elevated

A complication of rheumatoid arthritis that doesn’t appear to be decreasing… next

Rheumatoid Arthritis:   Lymphoma Risk Remains Elevated Despite Changing Treatment

Reported in Unavadis, a large study of Swedish health registry data indicates that lymphoma risk remains elevated among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), despite evolution of treatment. Treatment advances for RA do not appear to have affected lymphoma risk. Records from 12,656 patients with RA from the Swedish Rheumatology Register linked to Swedish Cancer Register were compared with control patients for lymphoma incidence over time.

Comment: Disturbing since I would expect our newer treatments to decrease lymphoma risk.

Parkinsons A Risk Factor for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


A complication of Parkinson’s… next

Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Are at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Lara Pullen writing in the Rheumatologist reported patients with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain, numbness and tingling that can be characterized as an upper limb neuropathy. CTS is more common in women, with a female to male ratio of 3:1. Various studies have described the incidence of CTS in the general population as between 2.5 and 5 cases per 1,000 person years.

Individuals with Parkinson’s disease may be especially vulnerable to CTS. One study suggests that patients with Parkinson’s may be at increased risk of CTS because of the repetitive movement due to tremor.2 Others have noted the peripheral neuropathy that is associated with Parkinson’s and wondered whether peripheral neuropathy is intrinsic to Parkinson’s, a consequence of levodopa exposure or both.3 A body of evidence suggests that a form of small fiber neuropathy is intrinsic to Parkinson’s, and thus, experts have suggested that patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s be strictly monitored for subtle signs of neuropathy.

Comment: Interesting.

Depression in Medical Students


Depression… it’s already starting in young doctors

Many Medical Students Appear To Struggle With Depression, Research Reveals

Liz Kowalczyk writing in the Boston Globe reported that future physicians appear to “suffer depression, or depressive symptoms, at higher rates than the general population,” a meta-analysis involving “nearly 200 smaller studies from 47 countries” suggests.  In fact, about “27 percent” of medical students appear to suffer from “depression in medical school,” the research revealed.  The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medication Association.

Comment: I have news for these students… medical practice today can be even more depressing.

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